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Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Storyline

Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by Huggo

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The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)

Gross:

£440,167 (UK) (2 April 2004)
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Matthew Labyorteaux:  The man crying through the wall in the hotel Frances is staying in after her divorce. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, as a voiceover speaks of the Semmering Pass railway from Austria to Italy, we are shown a train of the Rhätische Bahn (or Rhaetian Railway). Except for a very short section in Italy, the RhB operates only in Switzerland; it's nowhere near the Semmering Pass. See more »

Quotes

Marcello: Francesca.
Frances: Yes?
Marcello: I am going to make love all over you!
Frances: Okay.
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I've Never Been in Love Before
Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Alan Broadbent (as The Alan Broadbent Trio)
Courtesy of Concord Records
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Typical feel good story...
25 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been using for a while a rating system that considers a "Watchability Factor", Acting and plot... The rating system goes from 1 to 10, with 5 points given to the "watchability factor", 2 for the acting and 3 for the plot.

The scoring works as follows:

Watchability Factor

5 - Spectacular! Worth watching over and over again

4 - Outstanding… will watch several times

3 - Really good movie… will watch more than once

2 - Good movie… may watch more than once

1 - OK movie... but once is enough.

Acting

2 - spectacular, Oscar worthy

1 - Really good, enhanced the plot

0 - movie wasn't about the acting

Plot

3 - Spectacular, nothing else like it in the genre, nominated for Best Picture (Oscars)

2 - Makes you think well after, unique

1 - Interesting idea / story

0 - Run of the mill

Under the Tuscan Sun??? Three points for "watchability", one for acting and zero for plot... for a total of 4 out of ten. Just your typical feel good story...


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